Thursday, April 7, 2011

Upcycled Milk Carton Organizer for Kids' Shoes

Finally, a place for everything...


  • Clean and dry milk and/or juice cartons (64-ounce size)
  • Sharp, sturdy scissors
  • Clear packing tape
  • Brown paper grocery sack
  • Assorted colors of child-safe paint
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Fresh leaves, optional

STEP 1: Trim juice and milk cartons and tape together.
STEP 2: Cut, fold, and tape a brown paper grocery sack over the cartons.

STEP 3: Spread newspaper underneath (and remove shoes) before starting to paint.

STEP 4: Paint with a brush.

Or paint with a leaf.

{This was the biggest leaf we could find in early spring.}

Or paint with a sponge brush (which my three-year-old liked best).

Have fun mixing paint colors together.
After paint is dry, place shoes in slots.  Secure dry paper with more tape if desired. 

Linking up to Kids Get Crafty, WFMW, and Link Party Thursday.


Unknown said...

This is a good idea. We wouldn't need it for shoes, but I can see all sorts of other things you might do with it. Nice repurposing job!

rachelle | tinkerlab said...

this is so clever! and i love how it's made by children!

RedTedArt said...

Oh my! I love recycled crafts and I love this show tidy!! I know my son would adore it.. he is so proud of the things he makes. It may really encourage him to help me tidy up!

Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! So lovely to see you there!!


Maria said...

I love your idea, and the result looks great:)


What an awesome project! Great idea!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

What a great way to repurpose and get the kiddos involved! Thanks for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

Jen said...

This is so clever! I'm going to love trying this with the 20 almond milk cartons sitting on my counter right now lol. :P They have been waiting to be turned into something just this useful!! I don't need it for shoes, but it could contain all kinds of things. ^-^ Thanks for the ideas!